Catalogue 2016 - 2017

PHYS 153 Space Exploration


3 cr.


PHYS 101, PHYS 103, PHYS 123, PHYS 133, CHEM 101, CHEM 105, BIO 101, METR 101, or GEOL 101.

Course Description

The goal of this natural science perspective course is to introduce students to the basic principles, issues, and science goals in space exploration, including the history and development of the space program, with particular reference to manned versus unmanned space exploration, spacecraft design, launch and navigation, imaging and remote sensing. Public perception of space science and analysis of the costs, risks and benefits of space exploration will be discussed, including reference to ethical and legal implications of topics such as the use of radioisotope fuel sources, 'space junk', and mining rights in space. Basic concepts from physics and astronomy will be covered as needed. (NSP)